Opinion

Maui budget crisis has begun

Columns

Maui County taxpayers will be paying millions more every year into the state Employees’ Retirement System, according to the system’s executive director, Thom Williams. In a presentation last month in Wailuku, Williams said Act 17, signed into law this year by Gov. David Ige, requires the ...

Eliminate dependence on oil at electric power plant

Columns

Law of supply and demand. When supply is limited and demand is high, prices go up. With an existing supply and reduced demand, prices usually go down. With so many solar panels installed on Maui and Molokai the demand on Maui Electric Co. must have gone down, so why not the cost for electric ...

Help the children

Editorial

Memories that are jarred by the trees and the bells and the holly are the best parts of the holiday season. Those holidays past also come swimmingly back when old movies like “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s” and “Miracle on 34th Street” dance across the ...

We must find solutions to vacation rental issue

Letters to the Editor

The headline “Proposed tax changes cause concern” about the short-term rental tax bill that the County Council will begin working on brought up some valid concerns for property owners (The Maui News, Oct. 29). It would not be right to tax people who own and live in a complex that has ...

Won’t have to adjust morning routine after all

Letters to the Editor

As it has taken my parents and my wife nearly 70 years to teach me how to sit, stay, fetch and roll over, it was with great relief that I learned the morning of Oct. 31 that I would not have to learn how to adjust my daily routine for afternoon mail delivery of The Maui News. I am one those in ...

A strong newspaper is the backbone of a community

Letters to the Editor

I was one of the first to complain. Now I want to be one of the first to thank you for listening. Thank you to the staff and management for reinstating daily and Sunday morning newspapers! Even though some days the paper is small, we are a small island, and The Maui News does provide great ...

Ask The Mayor

Columns

Mayor Alan Arakawa answers some of the most-asked questions submitted to his office staff. Q: Many people use Lunalilo/Liholiho streets to cut through down to Kahului Beach Road, and over time the heavy traffic has caused substantial wear and tear. Every big rain we get, new potholes appear, ...

Learning a lesson

Editorial

It is safe to say we learned a valuable lesson last week when we reversed the decision to change delivery methods of our newspaper from independent carriers to postal delivery. Our readers let us know they wanted their papers early in the morning — not whatever time their mail was ...

Statewide citizen initiative would give voters a voice

Letters to the Editor

So many disappointments at the state Legislature in the 2017 session. Legislators largely ignored several dozen good, solid bills to resolve some of the many problems that Hawaii faces. Many didn’t even get the decency of even one committee hearing. We have been told that leadership made ...

Student misses opportunity because of broken system

Letters to the Editor

I am compelled to share my story in regard to my grandson. I am baffled by a system that is both corrupted and broken. As a grandmother, it saddens me that he, along with several other students who have worked so hard to accomplish their driver’s education program with the DOE, have failed ...

Essential things need to be appreciated and supported

Letters to the Editor

As the sun inched over the crest of Haleakala the morning of Oct. 31 and began casting its first faint shadows of the day, many Mauians stepped out into the still cool morning air to retrieve their carrier-delivered copy of The Maui News, a common ritual marking commencement of each day that ...

The State of Aloha

Columns

Here’s how it all unraveled for Louis Kealoha, the chief of police for the Honolulu Police Department, and his wife, Katherine, a city deputy prosecutor. On a summer’s night in 2013, Katherine called the police to report that their mailbox fronting their home in Kahala was missing. The HPD ...

The time for giving

Editorial

As we start the holiday period, it’s nice to remember the cardinal rule of the season — ‘tis better to give than receive. We were recently reminded that some people in our community give 52 weeks a year — like the folks at Feed My Sheep. Feed My Sheep is the brainchild of Joyce ...

Article didn’t mention Maui mayoral candidate

Letters to the Editor

Your newspaper showed its bias to rehash the same politicians for mayor in the Oct. 24 front-page article, “Tsutsui move opens up mayoral race.” The article showed pictures of four possible mayoral candidates. Like a couple of years ago, the article failed to mention me. This despite me ...

President distorts rather than distributes truth

Letters to the Editor

The divider-in-chief puts his foot in his mouth yet again, this time on the question of Obamacare and insurance companies making billions of dollars on the backs of vulnerable Americans. Fact Check states: “President Trump keeps saying insurance companies have made billions from Obamacare. ...

Batteries not included

Editorial

Well, as the holiday seasons rolls in, we’re starting to think about gifts for the family. The first thought this year — as it has been for the last dozen or so — is electronics. Simply because most of us think we have to be plugged into a digital world seven days a week, 24 hours a ...

Underground power lines fare better in a storm

Letters to the Editor

Recently, a number of power lines went down due to lightning strikes, wind and the like. All the lines were above ground. If the lines had been installed underground, much of the damage would have been avoided. Granted, underground installation is initially more expensive then overhead ...

Extremists from left and right are wreaking havoc

Letters to the Editor

Extremist ideologues from the left and the right are wreaking havoc on our democracy. Their daily smorgasbord is pretense, denial, distraction, deceitfulness, lies, cowardice, corruption — all laced with an overdose of hypocrisy. The polarized world they have created, a culture of rage ...